Jersey Shore Personal Injury and Employment Specialists

Are defensive driving courses worth it?

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2020 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Even with fewer people on the roads, that doesn’t stop some New Jersey drivers from behaving recklessly. And according to a recent report, traffic deaths in the state are climbing again to pre-pandemic levels.

While you can’t control how others drive, you can skill-up your driving abilities and intuition with new knowledge. You can obtain this knowledge by taking a defensive driving course.

Understanding defensive driving

Defensive driving courses can teach motorists how to respond and react to dangerous situations, giving them an advantage if the unexpected occurs. On top of teaching people how to be better motorists, these courses can sometimes get them reduced rates on their car insurance and even reduce the amount owed if they receive a speeding ticket.

What people can learn by taking these courses

While course materials often vary by state, most include information on:

  • The value of updated safety equipment like airbags, seatbelts, flairs, etc.
  • How drivers can exercise caution when others are being negligent.
  • How they can keep calm and remain mindful during stressful situations.
  • How to deal with people who express road rage.
  • The toll of traffic deaths and how drivers can better avoid them.
  • How to keep their passengers safe.
  • Understanding the dynamics of a car crash.
  • Driving in unsafe weather conditions.
  • How to share the road with other drivers.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to practice safe driving habits

While driving an everyday activity for many, it’s still one that can put people in great danger. But by learning how to become a defensive driver, you can learn to become a better driver.